Xbox One OS updates coming next week!

As much as we love the Xbox One, we’ve barely played it over the last month. We burnt through Dead Rising 3, Ryse, loads of Forza and a little bit of the smaller titles and BF/COD, but there’s just too many annoyances getting in the way. Battlefield wasn’t much fun because of the instability – which is mostly fixed – but also because the party system seems broken and difficult to use. There’s some great multiplayer titles but we haven’t played much multiplayer because the console makes it so difficult to sort simple things out like chat and invites. Even achievements have lost some of their appeal thanks to being buried away.

Thankfully many of our issues have been identified by Microsoft and there are two updates coming on February 11th with another following in March that will address all of the biggies. In February there’ll be some nice quality of life improvements like being able to see how much charge is left in your controller or being able to have control over what’s on your hard drive and when things are downloaded and in what order. In March there’ll be a bigger pre-Titanfall patch that will apparently fix the party system. We’re a little light on specifics at the moment but Microsoft have promised more information in the next couple of weeks so we’ll bring the news as soon as we get it.

We’re excited for this update, it could turn the Xbox One from a good console with many annoyances to a great one – lets just hope they’ve really been listening.

 

Xbox One Keeps Getting Better – Product Updates Coming
A blog post by Marc Whitten, Chief Product Officer
  
I’m excited to be able to share details with you today about several product updates we’ll be delivering for Xbox One starting next week.  The team has been really excited to see the gameplay on Xbox One and the millions of hours of fun our fans have experienced since launch. We’ve also been busy listening to your feedback and working hard to incorporate it into Xbox One as soon as possible. We remain incredibly energized and we are aggressively working to make Xbox One better, faster than ever before.
 
Xbox One is a platform for continuous innovation and new consumer experiences over time.  Just as we did with Xbox 360, Xbox One will have regular updates to deliver new features and platform experiences designed to delight you.  We’re always listening to you and we love your feedback, so keep it coming.
 
February 11 system updates
On February 11, the first update will be delivered to customers who sign into their Xbox One.  It features many new improvements – including lots of behind-the-scenes updates for developers building apps and games for Xbox One, several new features we believe Xbox fans will love, stability and product updates to improve the customer experience, and continuous improvements to the quality of Kinect voice so commands become more fluid and responsive over time.  While we won’t be going into all of the details of the product updates today, we will be sharing more information soon. 
 
Some of the features you can expect to see on February 11 include:
 
·         The ability to see and manage your storage space. With this update, you will find it easy to find how much space your content takes up and better manage your content. You can alsocontrol your install lineup and more easily manage your download queue. We’ve separated My Games and My Apps into separate lists, so you can easily create separate queues for both. Now you can pick the order in which you want your content to load and we’ve added a boot progress indicator so you can better track updates while they load.
·         The battery power indicator is back! You can see it right on the home screen, so you can easily track how much battery life is left on your controller.
·         And, you will be able to use your USB keyboard with your Xbox One.
 
These are just a few of the many updates we will be shipping on February 11. We’ll share more details on these and other upcoming features in the coming weeks. We have several surprises in store that we think you’ll love.
 
March 4 system updates – countdown to “Titanfall” 
On March 4, in advance of what is expected to be the biggest game launch of the year, we will be delivering another system update to prepare your Xbox One for “Titanfall.”  This update will contain many new features and improvements, most significantly to our party and multiplayer systems.  Available on March 11, “Titanfall” is a team-based online multiplayer game that showcases the power of Xbox Live, and we will be shipping a new party and multiplayer system that will help make “Titanfall” the must-have game for this generation.
 
This post is the first of many announcements and sneak peeks at features in the system updates. We’ve been carefully listening to your feedback and look forward to delivering many new features that will make Xbox One even better. We’re just getting started and can’t wait to share more information in the coming weeks.

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